Thailand’s Raja Ferry temporarily suspends Pha Ngan – Sumui route

Raja Ferry Port Company suspended all ferry services between Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui in Surat Thani province in southern Thailand from Sunday – Wednesday (April 23-25).

The company made an official announcement on Saturday…

“Raja Ferry Port will suspend ferry service from Pha Ngan to Samui and Samui to Pha Ngan route from 23-25 April 2023. Customers who book tickets in advance on the date and time can request a refund online. Line: @RAJAFERRYPORT. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

The company did not cite a reason for the suspension. Last week, a ferry on the Raja Ferry’s Koh Samui – mainland route sank at Don Sak Pier in Surat Thani province.

Permanent Secretary of the Interior Ministry, Suttipong Julcharoen, reported that the R10 ferry sank at a pier in the Don Sak district at around 10am on Sunday, April 16.

Strong waves reportedly hit the ferry against the concrete, causing the boat to sink 4 metres to the seabed.

Thankfully, no one was reported injured as the vessel sank after all passengers, vehicles, and staff had already disembarked from the boat.

Suttipong advised officials in the Gulf of Thailand to keep all boats ashore during rough weather to keep everyone safe.

After the incident, an oil stain was found in the sea and on Nang Kam Beach in the Donsak district, reports the Phuket Express.

In January, a pirate-ship-themed floating bar and restaurant capsized off the coast of Pattaya in eastern Thailand. Beachgoers spotted the Krakenian Private of Pattaya floating down the coast of Pattaya Beach, slowly sinking.

Luckily, the restaurant was closed due to bad weather so no passengers were on the boat when it went down. All employees aboard the two-storey ship were rescued. No injuries or deaths were reported.

In February, nine Swedish tourists and a Thai boat driver were rescued from the Krabi Sea when their longtail boat capsized near Hong Island.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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